In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where an app developer was able to sell your personal Facebook data to a research firm that helped Donald Trump win the election, Facebook has (and still is) taking some major league heat on this; and, rightfully so. As a result of this scandal, Facebook has vowed to become more transparent on how they use our personal information. Following the news on this, Facebook users became very concerned and wanted to know how to download their Facebook data.
With that out of the way, how do I download my data from Facebook?
The easiest way is to click the link below or enter the following web address in your browser:
Note: You can also get to the settings by clicking on the small “downward facing triangle or arrow”, at the top right corner, on any of your facebook pages (after you log in).
Then, simply click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data”… After which, the following will appear where you then click on “Start My Archive”.
After you click on “Start My Archive” you will be prompted to enter your Facebook password.
Once the password is accepted, you will receive a notice on the screen advising that an email will be sent to the email address you registered with Facebook with instructions to complete the download.
When you receive the email, you can click on a link (in the email) that will take you back to the “Download Archive” page, where you will once again click on the “Download Archive” button, enter your Facebook Password, at which point you will be prompted to save the download.
The downloaded data will be contained within a “zip” file. A zip file is one file that contains many files and you should be able to open the “zip file” by double clicking on it, to see the contents. If you fail to download the data within a few day, you will have to repeat this process. The file size for the data will be large and may take time, so be patient.
Once the data is downloaded, open the file and click on the file named “index” to navigate the downloaded data. You will be shocked and surprised at everything that has been collected.
Maybe, “Big Brother” is watching…